The Name of the Father is an incredibly vast and important concept in Lacan's teaching. Due to the difficulty and the immensity of the concept, I have my work cut out for me, so I have decided to approach the concept from two angles: the way that the Name-of-the-Father intersects with the three-part Oedipal dialectic developed in Seminar V, and how the transition from the Name to the Names applies to clinical settings.
What we find occurring in the proximity to the eccentric center is also highly significant for Hölderlin’s work on the Gods. The Gods as they have come to be understood by humanity are, according to Hölderlin, “another humanity by which humanity devotes itself”, and as such, Gods are invented in order to escape from what is too difficult for man to think – its own contingency in the universe. This inability to think contingency is, one might suggest, the inability for humanity writ large to think the eccentric center.
Jean Laplanche's text, "Holderlin and the Question of the Father" is really quite good. In it, I am finding many of my research questions addressed: artistic practice and social revolution, psychosis and poetic/mythical creation, the idea of proximity to otherness and its relation to ethics, and late Lacanian concepts of the symptom. This text is … Continue reading Book Recommendation: “Holderlin and the Question of the Father”